Category Archives: Concepts

Ideas & Concepts,

Light and the Inverse Square Law

By Michael Johnson So I've debated posting this for a while because I'm not a firearms expert (not even close), but I wanted to share some knowledge that I do have that I don't think most people understand. I work as a photographer and thus my expertise is in light and working with light. With that intro, I've seen a fair amount of resistance and misunderstanding about lumens and light and how far it reaches and how bright it is. There is a physics concept call the Inverse Square Law. In a nutshell, the Inverse Square Law says that if you double your distance from light source to target, you'll only get 25% of the light reaching your target that you had before. Not 50% like you may think. Double your distance quarter your amount of light. So going from 300 lumens to 600 lumens will only give you an extra 25% reach, it won't double your reach. Twice as far doesn't mean half the light, it means a quarter the light. Thus all these people running around saying 'all the lumens'. Light falls off fast, really fast. So take as much as you can get. Richard Sandstrom pointed out

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SME/Mods/Instructors Titles on Forums

Insight by Shane Fitch Not all Forums are created equal. Just because you see someone has a SME/Mod/Instructor/whatever title doesn't necessarily mean that that person is qualified for that title. Yes, there are exceptions to this. Use care and caution when taking in information. As with anything else, check other sources and verify. I treat SME titles folks like I treat Instructors I want to train with. What are their backgrounds and experience? Someone can attend a instructors 'Instructor certification' class but does not necessarily mean that that person is qualified to teach. It does not matter if you are a good american, LEO or MIL wanting to enhance your skill set, do your research.  
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Stop Blinding Yourself

  People that complain about too much light from flashlights or weaponlights seem to have the same weakness in their argument as those who argue against 9mm. Too much light blinds me, the reflection into the wall/mirror gets to me / 9mm doesn’t get the job done, it’s too weak. Want to know the solution to both arguments? Training and technique, because it is all about shot placement for both of those issues. Pretty much everyone drives and they have received minimal instruction. Formula One drivers are highly trained and there are not many of them. People using weaponlights in a tactical application without training are regular drivers trying to be Formula One. Training provides concepts and technique the untrained will most likely not get on their own. Training shows you how to maximize your equipment and gets you out of the slow lane. You might get to drive Dale Earnhardt Jr's car, but that does not mean you will drive it like he does. There is a reason Surefire keeps pumping out newer lights with higher outputs. We want them. I need to be able to identify the threat as far away as possible and engage if necessary. I

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Emotion is Soft and Cuddly (and Sometimes Bad)

Emotion is soft and cuddly.  It is comfortable. Emotion is reassuring.  Emotion makes bad decisions. Emotion does not have a place with your decision on guns, gear, and/or training. Effective options are the ones that help win the fight. People’s sentimental attachments to antiquated options that do not perform as well as modern options just get in the way of good info flow.  It seems there is a lot of irrational output circulating that doesn't need to be there. This is all from people who are emotionally attached to poor options in guns/gear/training. There are Facebook gun groups and internet forums that are essentially fan clubs full of non-type A personalities who latch onto what they think is a type A. They follow a cult of personality which is boisterous and loud but has no substance. They trade a fantasy for results within reality. There is a lot of training out there that is just LARPing (Live Action Role Playing) that seems to cater to this type of crowd. They are victims of their own limited reference. The concept of the Kruger & Dunning effect is quite rampant. "People tend to hold overly favorable views of their abilities in many

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Nuances of Detecting Danger

  In my family I am known to spot celebrities on a regular basis. What is more horrifying is that I usually talk to them. This super power is a side effect of my habit of sizing up and assessing people. Why do I do it? I’m looking for suspicious behavior. I’m doing threat analysis. As a police officer I tell citizens to pay attention to and potentially report suspicious behavior or incidents. It seems most of the time I need to explain what suspicious means. Suspicious can be something just plain out of the ordinary that makes you focus on the person or event in a cautious manner. If you see something that makes you uncomfortable, don’t ignore it.  Your subconscious picks up slight cues in body language, posture, or appearance you may not notice that are warning flags for potential danger. Some examples of behavior outside of the norm are: intentionally not making eye contact with people, pacing near an entrance, or fidgety, wringing hands. There are also physiological signs which are out of our control – pupil dilation, pale or flushed skin, and accelerated breathing. A guy wearing a swimsuit in a snowstorm versus guy in a winter

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Weapons For Home Defense

The ability to protect ourselves and our loved ones at home is of paramount importance.  With this in mind it is best to understand the options available to maximize your effectiveness if you need to use deadly force in defense of yourself and your family while at home. Before delving into weapons, it is important to understand the need to have a plan already established and practiced before you need to use it.  If you hear that bump in the night, or you hear an obvious entry into your home or hear people that don’t belong – do you call 911, bunker down with a weapon and lock yourself in?  Do you arm yourself and investigate?  If family members (specifically children) are in other rooms, can you communicate with them or reach them without putting yourself or them in potential danger? Whether you bunker down or investigate you need the ability to identify potential threats.  Optimally we all have night vision goggles with infrared lasers mounted to our weapons so we don’t give away our positions, but not many have that luxury.  For the rest of us normal people, we need light.  That light can be activated by a wall

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The Basics

I found early on the training I was provided as a police officer was insufficient for the tremendous weight of using firearms in the line of duty.  It seemed most of the training was to pass a qualification as opposed to expanding my skillset.  Even if the training was so mundane that we stood in one place and shot a slow cadence – it was still shooting and I enjoyed it. To make up for the lack of training, I would go to the range and shoot.  The part I did not understand at the time was all I was doing was ballistic masturbation.  I had no plan; I had no specific skills I wanted to focus on.  I didn’t even know what skills to focus on.  So, I wasted time, money, and ammo creating bad habits.  I could stand at x yards from a target, shoot, and hit a target – yay for me. Due to my unusual interest in firearms I was given the opportunity to go through the state POST academy to be a firearms instructor.  I was introduced to some teaching concepts which also gave me ideas as to what aspects of shooting I could focus

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Mindset

I wrote this earlier this month. http://monderno.com/training/mindset/ "I was disappointed recently when reading an article promoted by pro-gun people about a conceal carry permit holder and how he saved the day.  The saving the day part is fine; it’s wonderful.  The fact that the concealed carrier admitted he never had any intention of pressing the trigger to stop the bad guys is the part that pisses me off.  Had the suspects fought him, he would not be under “hero” status but victim or dead status..."   The link provides the whole thing.    
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Truck/Trunk/SHTF Gun

In a discussion on Facebook the concept of a truck/trunk/SHTF gun came up. A serious discussion was had about combat around vehicles, optimal guns, and cover versus concealment (in regards to cars). It seemed there was a theme with some of the participants that they felt a truck gun was similar to a shovel – a tool that can be thrown in the back of the truck/car/trunk and no further care would be given. Worse was the concept that the cheapest option would be the best option. So let’s think about this further. The fact a crappy gun is present is sufficient for their comfort – they have a safety blanket and all will be well. If you are committing this offense – think about it for a minute. Why do you have this gun? The purpose if this firearm is to help you survive (and maybe escape) a violent incident. Is an unmaintained cheap option going to fit that specific need? NO!!! There is a standard for weapons that one would rely on in life or death options, they typically run closer to the high end of the spectrum compared to the cheap options. Instead of spending money on

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